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OUR COMMITMENT

Judith Nyman Secondary School recognizes that students achieve their best when they feel safe, nurtured, welcomed, respected and included. We are committed to providing a healthy climate for learning and working to support student success. For learning to be successful, schools must be free of negative factors such as bullying, discrimination and other harmful behaviours including physical violence in any form.
 
In the Peel District School Board, we understand that equity and excellence go hand-in-hand. One of the core goals in our strategic plan, the Report Card for Student Success, is the following:
"Achieve equity for students and staff – we provide equity of access and opportunity for students and staff to learn, work and develop in an environment that is nurturing, engaging, respectful and inclusive."
 
One of the Peel Board’s projects is the implementation of six core character attributes. The attributes are taught in school, but they are also the basis of the board’s working relationships they help to create a positive climate for learning and working.
 
 We want our staff and students to be:
• Caring – showing compassion and kindness towards others
• Co-operative – working collaboratively with others for a common purpose
• Honest – being truthful, trustworthy and sincere in your speech and actions
• Inclusive – treating everyone fairly and equitably
• Respectful – treating others, yourself and the environment with high regard and value
• Responsible – being accountable and reliable in your actions and commitments
 
We believe that parents, the school and community must all work together to help students learn to become responsible members of society, being sensitive to the diversity, cultural and special needs of individual students. We must clearly demonstrate respect for social justice and human rights, and promote the values needed to develop responsible members of a democratic society.
 
The Code of Conduct for Judith Nyman Secondary School aligns with and supports Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, the Peel Board's Human Rights policy and the Equity and Inclusive Education policy.
 
OUR CODE OF CONDUCT
The Judith Nyman Secondary School Code of Conduct applies to all members of the school community including students, parents, guardians, volunteers, visitors and school staff, whether they are on school property, on school buses, at school-authorized events or activities, or in any other situation that may impact the school climate.
 
All members of the school community have a responsibility to respect and honour the school Code of Conduct, to demonstrate age and developmentally appropriate social behaviour and to take responsibility for their own actions.
 
OUR RESPONSIBILITIES
All members of the school community are expected to:
• demonstrate honesty and integrity
• treat one another with dignity, respect and fairness, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnicity, creed, citizenship, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, socioeconomic status, or any other attribute
• take appropriate action to help those in need, seeking assistance to resolve conflict constructively and respectfully
• show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others
Parent and guardian responsibilities include:
• taking an active role in their son/daughter's education by ensuring that he/she is prepared for learning, including punctual and regular attendance, promptly reporting authorized absences and late arrivals, and communicating regularly with the school
• reviewing the school Code of Conduct with their son/daughter and helping him/her follow school rules
• helping their child understand that it is not appropriate to tease or bully others
• monitoring their child’s internet use and taking responsibility for his/her behaviour when accessing electronic resources from home
  
Student responsibilities include:
• demonstrating a commitment to learning through punctual and regular attendance, being prepared and ready to learn
• practicing honesty and integrity including, but not limited to, not participating in or encouraging plagiarism, misrepresentation of original work, use of unauthorized aids, theft of evaluation instruments, or false representation of identity
• following school rules and taking responsibility for his/her own actions
• refraining from bringing anything to school, or using anything inappropriately, that may risk the safety of themselves or others
• showing proper care and regard for school and community property, as well as only visiting other schools for school-related and authorized activities

Staff responsibilities include:
• helping students achieve to the best of their ability, developing self-worth, and being responsible citizens
• maintaining order in the school and holding everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour
• communicating regularly and meaningfully with parents/guardians
• establishing a range of clear, fair and developmentally appropriate interventions, supports, direct skill instruction and consequences for unacceptable behaviour including but not limited to homophobia, gender-based violence, sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behaviour
• responding to and reporting behaviours which may have a negative impact on school climate
 
BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
Judith Nyman S.S. teaches students to identify and deal with bullying behaviour and to stop this behaviour from happening.
 
Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation.  Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.
 
When someone experiences or observes bullying behaviour, he/she is expected to report it to a teacher, teaching assistant or school administrator immediately.  Bullying behaviour will be dealt with using a progressive discipline approach.
 
PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE
Judith Nyman Secondary School encourages, supports and recognizes acceptable behaviour in our students through a variety of positive practices.  Progressive discipline is an approach that makes use of a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences, building upon strategies that promote positive behaviours.
 
We encourage students to take responsibility for their behaviour and to accept the consequences of their actions. A progressive discipline approach is used to deal with inappropriate behaviour.  This may include: verbal reminders, review of expectations, contact with parent(s) guardian(s), written reflection, volunteer services to the school community, conflict mediation and resolution, peer mentoring, referral for support services and/or an opportunity for restoration and repair.
 
We recognize that each student is a unique individual and that every situation that requires disciplinary action has its own set of extenuating circumstances. All factors that may have affected the student's behaviour will be considered before progressive discipline is applied. Students who behave inappropriately will receive an age and developmentally appropriate consequence. 
 
For a student with special education or disability-related needs, all progressive discipline approaches will be consistent with his/her Individual Education Plan and his/her demonstrated abilities.
 
Suspension and expulsion
Judith Nyman Secondary School also supports the use of suspension and expulsion for serious incidents as outlined the Peel District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy.
 
Before considering whether to impose a suspension or make a recommendation for an expulsion, a principal considers mitigating and other factors.
 

The behaviours for which a principal will consider suspending a student include:
• swearing (written or verbal) at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
• bullying, including cyber-bullying
• uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
• committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property
• possessing alcohol or restricted drugs
• being under the influence of alcohol
• committing any act, considered by the principal to:
   - have a negative impact on the moral tone of the school
   - have a negative impact on the physical or mental well-being of one or more school community members
   - be contrary to the school or Peel Board Code of Conduct

Incidents for which a principal will consider recommending to the Board’s Discipline Committee that a student be expelled include:
• physically assaulting another person causing bodily harm that requires medical treatment
• possessing a weapon or using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person
• trafficking in restricted drugs or weapons
• giving alcohol to a minor
• committing robbery
• committing sexual assault
• behaviour that
   - is significantly detrimental to the school climate and/or to the physical or mental well-being of others
   -  causes extensive damage to school property
   - causes his/her continued presence at the school to pose an unacceptable risk to other members of the school community
   - is a pattern of behaviour so inappropriate that the student’s continued presence is detrimental to the effective learning or working environment of others
   - demonstrates a persistent resistance to changes in behaviour that would enable him/her to be successful
   - is a serious violation of the school or Peel Board Code of Conduct.
 
Students who are suspended or expelled will be given an opportunity to continue their education through educational programs offered by the school board.
 
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
As a Judith Nyman student, you are expected to:
• be on time for all classes. Regular attendance and punctuality reflects self-discipline, responsibility and consideration for other people. In addition, it is essential to your success in class and in the workplace.
• carry a hall pass when in the halls during class time. Note:  students are not permitted to leave their class during the first or last 20 minutes of class.
Absences
When you have been absent, you must:
• bring a note, signed by a parent/guardian, explaining the reason for your absence.  Parents/guardians may choose to call the school directly to report an absence.
 
Lates
If you arrive late, you must:
• report directly to your Period 1 class before 8:30.
• SIGN IN at the main office after 8:30.  If you do not have a note from a parent/guardian, the main office will contact a parent/guardian.
• report directly to your period 2, 3, or 4 class.  Students who are repeatedly late will be referred to the office to be seen by a Vice-Principal.
 
Early Departures
If you leave early, you must:
• SIGN OUT at the office.  If you do not have a note you STILL NEED TO SIGN-OUT.  The office will call your parent or guardian to receive permission for you to sign-out.
If you leave early WITHOUT signing out:
• You will be considered to be skipping school.
 
DRUGS
The school recognizes the benefits of a smoke-free environment for all persons. By law, smoking is not permitted at Judith Nyman Secondary School on any other board property, on school buses or while attending any school-related event or activity. School property includes cars that are on school grounds and all lands to the edge of the sidewalk or street. The no smoking rule will be enforced within these areas. 
 
Providing tobacco products to anyone under 19 years of age is illegal.
 
Alcohol and restricted drugs may be addictive and represent a health hazard. Possessing, using, trafficking in, or providing others with restricted drugs and/or alcohol will not be condoned at Judith Nyman Secondary School, on Peel board property or at any school-related event or activity at any time. Drug-related paraphernalia that can be used for substance abuse are not permitted on school property.
 
WEAPONS
Possessing or displaying weapons of any kind, real, toy or replica, and all other objects that could inflict or threaten bodily harm will not be accepted at Judith Nyman Secondary School, on any Peel board property, or at any school-related event or activity at any time.
 
DRESS CODE
The standards for school dress at Judith Nyman Secondary School are based on common sense and are intended to support the comfort, safety and modesty of all students. There is a strong relationship between neat, clean and appropriate clothing and a positive learning environment.
 
It is your right to express your individual taste and style through your clothing. It is your responsibility to dress in a manner that is appropriate for a student in an education / work environment and in a manner which is not offensive to others.

• Clothing that is revealing or distracting is not acceptable.  Clothing such as abbreviated shorts and skirts, backless tops, tube tops, undershirts as the main shirts, and one-shoulder tops are some examples of unacceptable clothing.  The bottom of one's shirt/sweater must meet the top of the skirt/pants such that the midriff is not showing.  In addition, it is not acceptable in a school or business setting to have cleavage showing.  Clothing must be worn so that underwear is not visible.

• Clothing that is offensive is not permitted.  Clothing displaying offensive words, pictures or symbols / sayings, and clothing associated with gangs or drug use or camouflage clothing is not acceptable.
• Special dress codes may be in place in some classes for safety reasons.  Students who do not comply with these dress codes will be removed from the class.
• Bandanas cannot be worn or seen anywhere on school property.
• Coats cannot be worn in shop classes.  Students are expected to
• put their coats and knapsacks in their locker.
 
USE OF TECHNOLOGY
Students will demonstrate appropriate online conduct and manners and refrain from improper/unethical use of technology, including computer hacking and cyber-bullying. The internet must not be used for any purpose that is contrary to the intent of the Judith Nyman Secondary School Code of Conduct. This applies to school, work and home internet use.
Posting school-related photographs or images on the internet (including social network sites) without permission of a school official violates the Judith Nyman Secondary School’s Code of Conduct.
 
ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) including smart phones, Ipads and tablets, will be permitted in the classroom at the teacher’s discretion.  The use of the PEDs is to support learning and classroom activities. 
 
Please note the following:
• Personal Electronic Devices are valuable.  When not being used in class, students are asked to secure their devices in their locker as the school cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. 
• Laser pointers/laser pens:  These items are not permitted on
 school property. 
• Computer Use:  Access of inappropriate Internet sites may result in loss of computer privileges and possible disciplinary action.
• Posting school-related photographs or images on the internet (including social network sites) without permission of a school official violates the Judith Nyman Secondary School’s Code of Conduct.

BUS TRAVEL
Students are expected to follow the standards of behaviour outlined in the Code of Conduct while they are on the school bus.
 
Students are required to:
• be at their bus stop at least five minutes before their pick-up time
• go directly to their seats and stay seated
• follow the bus driver’s instructions and behave appropriately at all times
Students may not:
• consume food and drinks on the bus
• fight, swear or cause excessive noise on the bus
• engage in activities that may endanger the safety of themselves or others.
 
Transportation by school bus is a privilege and not a right.  Students are expected to behave appropriately on all school buses.  Students who create an unsafe environment and / or vandalize the bus will be seen by a Vice-Principal, will be held financially responsible and may even lose their bus privileges.
 
GAMES /STUDENT INTERACTION
Playing cards, dominos or other interactive games is permitted to take place in the cafeteria during the lunch period.  However loud disruptive games and gambling are not allowed. 
In terms of student interactions, all expressions of affection involving Judith Nyman students must be kept within the bounds of good taste.
  
During the second half of a student's lunch period, students are welcome to participate in a variety of supervised drop-in programs as well as organized clubs.  Both the gymnasium and weight room are open to students for a variety of activities.  To participate in these programs, students must show their School Photo I.D. card.
 
LOCKS AND LOCKERS
School locks and lockers are school property on loan to individual students.  All students will be issued a school lock and locker at the beginning of the school year.  The serial number and combinations for all locks must be on file in the main office.  For security purposes, students are to use only the lock and locker which is assigned to them and are advised not to give their locker combination to any other person.
 
Students are expected to leave all valuables such as cell phones, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras at home.  The school is not responsible for any lost or stolen goods from anywhere inside the school building or on school property.
 
BICYCLES / IN-LINE SKATES / SKATEBOARDS
Bicycles, in line skates and skateboards are brought to school at the student's own risk.  In the interest of safety, in line skates and skateboards are to be stored in the student's locker and are not to be used inside the school building or transported to class.  Bikes are to be stored in the bike racks.
 
School Hours
Students are expected to proceed to class at 8:00 a.m. and be in class by the 8:05 bell.  Classes end at 2:25 p.m. and students are expected to leave the school property unless under the supervision of a staff member.  All students not under the direct supervision of a staff member must wait in the front foyer and depart no later than 3:00 p.m.
 
Athletic Program
Student athletes are governed by both the Judith Nyman "Code of Behaviour" and the "Athletic Association's Code for Athletes" which establishes ideals for fair play, positive values, respect and sportsmanship. The purchase of a Student Photo I.D. Card is required for participation in school sports. A small number of sports will require a minimal fee to cover the costs of buses, referees and tournaments. Each sports team will recognize an MVP and Leadership Award at the end of the school year to be presented at the annual Athletic Awards Assembly.
 
The Intramural Program is designed for students who may not have the time or the skill required to be a member of a school team. This program is supervised by staff who are often assisted by seni  or students at lunch time. The activities offered change periodically and have recently included floor hockey, co-ed volleyball, "21", basketball, and three on three basketball. 
 
Students must have proper athletic shoes and must have their School Photo I.D. Card in order to participate.
 
Counselling Department
There are three full time counsellors at Judith Nyman.  A student can obtain information on school matters, careers or community resources.
 
Students whose last name begins with the letters
A – H are to see Mrs. Parkinson     
I - M are to see Ms. Jeffery
N - Z are to see Ms. Chisholm

Appointments are to be made through the Counselling Secretary, before school, at lunch time and after school.  Appointments are not to be made during class time.
 
Library Resource Centre
Students may borrow materials by presenting their School Photo I.D. Card.  Each student is responsible for all materials that are signed out on their School Photo I.D. Card.

Students are expected to work quietly in the Library Resource Centre.  No food or drink is permitted. Internet access, electronic research databases, word processors are available for students who have School Photo I.D. Cards. Classes are scheduled to come to the Library Resource Centre so that all students can receive instruction in research skills.

TIPS ON COMPLETING THE
MANDATORY 40 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER WORK
REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

Students in Ontario must complete 40 hours of volunteer community service in order to qualify for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  Here are a few tips to help you to meet your 40 hour commitment:
• Don't wait another day….but start now!  It is highly recommended that all students complete their volunteer hours by the end of grade 10.
• Don't forget to ask your parents and / or your guidance counsellor for assistance.
• For suggestions on what to do, check out the board's web site at www.peelschools.org under the "Student Stuff" section. 
• Contact the Volunteer Centre of Peel at 905-306-0668 for help in finding a volunteer opportunity that interests you. 
• Find a way to link your interests with an eligible volunteer activity; for example, if you like working with animals, try volunteering at an animal shelter.
• Finally, drop into the Guidance Department at Judith Nyman to pick up a helpful pamphlet entitled "Your Time Counts".

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